Burnishing is what makes clouds appear fluffy and three-dimensional.
Water droplets always reflect the color of the surface they lie on.
Focus on the light and dark contrasts when capturing wet subjects in colored pencil. Reflections are always vertical and directly below an object.
The movement of water interrupts an image and somewhat distorts its shape in reflection.
Reflections are never as bright as the original subject.
Drawing elliptical shapes creates the illusion of water movement.
When drawing an entire scene, work from back to front to account for objects overlapping. Clouds and atmosphere always move side to side, so all pencil lines associated with them should be horizontal.
The fuzziness of suede board diffuses the colors in a drawing, creating a soft, pastel-like finish.
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